The well-known poet in Kosovo, Xhevdet Bajraj, dies
The Kosovar poet Xhevdet Bajraj, who, since the time of the war in Kosovo, was living as a refugee in Mexico, has died at the age of 62. The news of the poet's death was given by his brother, Fadil Bajraj, through a Facebook post.
"Mortuary announcement: Today, after a short illness, my brother, Xhevdet Bajraj, passed away. "We will inform you about the date of the funeral in the following days", he wrote.
Bajraj has been granted refugee status thanks to the International Writers' Parliament.
We recall that last year Bajraj was present in Pristina for the Old Book Fair, where he read three poems, which he had included in one of his books. Bajraj, in 2022, was announced the winner of the "Ali Podrimja" award for the best book in poetry with the work "The man who played with the angels".
His poetic works, which in total are more than twenty-five volumes, have been translated into English, German, Spanish, Danish, Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Turkish and Polish.
He has been the winner of many awards and honors, including the award for the best book of poetry (both in 1993 and in 2000), given by the Kosovo Writers' Association, the International Goliardos Award for Poetry in 2004, Katarina Josipi 2010 award for best original drama written in Albanian; The first prize at the Monodrama Festival, Vlora, Albania in 2013 and the prize for the best book of poetry in 2015, presented at the International Book Fair in Prishtina.
In the years that followed, he became a full professor of creative writing and literature at the Autonomous University of Mexico and entered the Nacional de Creadores de Arte System.